Following the triggering of Article 50 by Prime Minister Theresa May the UK has begun the long and difficult process of exiting the European Union. As your local MEPs we wanted to reassure you that we will continue in our role as your MEPs, including voting in the Parliament, until the UK formally leaves the EU in approximately two years time.
At present Paul is working on EU legislation to tackle climate change and looking at how to increase the number of jobs in the North East in the forestry and timber sectors with specific reference to increasing the use of timber in construction. Jude is currently on maternity leave but is still monitoring EU trade deals such as the upcoming free trade deal with Japan and in the petitions committee she is leading a fact finding visit to investigate historic child abductions in Spain involving British citizens. Both of us will continue to monitor negotiations between the UK and the EU from inside the Parliament as well as campaigning to protect the rights of UK citizens in the EU, and your rights as our constituents in the North East.
We are therefore writing to let you know that if you have any problems or issues that you think either of us can help you with then, as far as we are concerned, it is business as usual. As long as we are your elected representatives and for as long as the UK is a paying member of the EU we will endeavour to do whatever we can to help.